Meeting of Parliament postponed

8.10When Parliament stands summoned (after a dissolution) or prorogued to a certain day, it may be prorogued or further prorogued to a later day, under the Prorogation Act 1867, by a proclamation made by the Queen on the advice of the Privy Council. The interval prescribed by this Act between the date of the proclamation and the day to which it prorogues Parliament is not less than 14 days.1

When it is intended that on the day to which it is so prorogued, or further prorogued, Parliament shall meet for the dispatch of business, the proclamation states that Parliament will then ‘assemble and be holden for the dispatch of divers urgent and important affairs'. Even when Parliament stands prorogued to a specified day ‘for the dispatch of business’ it may similarly by proclamation be prorogued to a later day.2


  1. For use of these powers, see CJ (1924–25) 2 (after a summons); ibid (1887) 2; ibid (1950) 2 (after a prorogation). See also CJ (1878–79) 2; ibid (1922) 2, where the date specified for meeting was fewer than 14 days after the date of the proclamation.
  2. CJ (1887) 2; ibid (1922) 2.